This time around it's the face of evil itself, Pat Robertson, who - not content to sleep with a virtual tyrant - is now a-prayin' with all his Jesus-powered might that some Supreme Court Justices drop dead:
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson urged his nationwide audience Monday to pray for God to remove three justices from the Supreme Court so they could be replaced by conservatives.Of course, Pat is not outright saying he wants them dead, but he did say this:
The same letter targets three justices in particular: "One justice is 83-years-old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?"In other words, they're all kind of sitting on the bench with one foot dangling off their chair and into the grave - and I'm sure Pat wouldn't mind if the Holy Spirit just kind of floated on into the Court and pushed them the whole way in. We don't even need to get into the free will implications of Pat's prayer request, do we?
Also - read the letter for yourself. Normally when you hear a Christian mention "prayer" and "illness" in the same sentence, you expect to hear them praying for healing for the afflicted. Nope, not Pat - he just wants them to go away - ever the good Christian that he is.
I would imagine that these Justices have all, at one time or another, considered retiring from the bench. But then they probably sit in their chamber, turn on the 700 Club, and see that anti-social hobgoblin spewing his vile hatred and decide that maybe they should put in a few more years.
If you're a believer, maybe you - unlike Pat - could pray that the Justices have long and healthy lives. And maybe that God will put in Pat's mind that some Ex-Lax will cure his constipation.